Music Archive

  1. Wham

    So here we are, another year of weekly music videos passes, and it’d be rude not to finish on a stone-cold classic. Last year I got away with posting Bowie and Bing’s beauty and this year I’ve Whammed up the cheesy Yuletide warmth with Last Christmas.

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    When somebody with the extraordinary talents of Emily Kai Bock recommends a bunch of creative film-makers to you, describing them as a MUST to check out, ears prick up, hairs stand on end and the follow up begins quick march style. And what a pleasure it was finding What Matters Most, and particularly Kahlil Joseph’s short film set to three sampled tracks from Flying Lotus’ latest album, Until The Quiet Comes.

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    Maybe it’s the fact that Chaz Bundick is like an adorable little pop-bear alternately dressed like Shaft and a 1980s Wall Street broker on the weekend, the exceptional cinematography, the jaw-dropping beauty of his female counterpart or just the irony with which it’s been approached but The Harrys latest video for Toro Y Moi is one of my favourites of the year. It pokes fun at a myriad music video and fashion clichés without ever being heavy-handed and somehow manages to hook you in from the very start. Add to that a soundtrack that’s like having your ears filled with some kind of delicious syrup and then licked clean, this is perhaps the finest way to wile away a few minutes of your afternoon. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

  4. Sigur_ros

    This weekend saw the end of Sigur Rós’ Valatari film experiment; an initiative wherein the band gave 12 film makers free rein and a little dough to create a short film for one of the tracks from their album of the same title. Some great names have donned their headphones and created brand new work, including Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell. The final piece of the jigsaw is a beautifully shot dialogue between a father and daughter and regardless of your liking for art-house narrative, can’t help but leave you wowed by its sheer good looks. I know, I know, it’s 12 minutes long and you’re very busy in the run up to Christmas, but I urge you find time to sit down and enjoy this and the rest of the series properly.

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    It’s not often that our favourite creatives get to produce work for one of the biggest names in music – in fact this may well be the first time it’s happened – but Hugo and Marie’s work for Rihanna’s latest Unapologetic album bucks this trend nicely. Utilising not just one, but two of our favourite illustrators, Mario Hugo and MVM, the album is awash with hand-rendered type and MVM’s now ubiquitous illustration of Miss Fenty herself.

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    It seems that every time I try and post a music video these days, director AG Rojas has done the best ones. We’ve covered a couple of his bangers this year already and since being named the UKMVA new director of the year it feels a shame not to give him another virtual high five. His latest for Purity Ring came out last week and is a surreal piggyback through numerous gloomy scenarios, none of which I can really grasp, but I get the impression that’s the point. Also, anyone who’s award ceremony acceptance speech consists of downing a whole bottle of whiskey (and surviving) can do whatever else they want in my book.

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    It’s safe to say that Keaton Henson is uncomfortable in front of the camera, in fact he’s just plain uncomfortable in front of people. The 24-year-old musician and illustrator has notoriously crippling stage fright – he’s has only ever played a handful of live shows – and until now has never appeared in any of his own music videos. Which makes his latest offering Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us all the more extraordinary. William Williamson’s four-minute video for the track feature’s the artist’s face exclusively, fixing his unwaveringly painful gaze until he can take it no longer. It’s the kind of film you can get utterly lost in and are sure to watch again and again. Breathtaking.

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    We never thought we’d see the day that Snoop Dogg was guided into a coffin by a gang of half naked dancers, children in costumes and smiling cartoon animals. Well, actually, now you think about it, it’s not too odd. In this incredible video produced by Major Lazer and directed by Eli Roth, we are able to fully witness the rebirth of Snoop as his new persona – Snoop Lion. A lot of people have said that his new name isn’t very catchy, but I think that the hundreds of people dancing and having more fun in this video than you ever will may disagree.

  9. Frosty

    As the frost sets in, I know we’ve all been thinking what on earth could provide the perfect bridge between ghoulish Halloween and chilly Yuletide? But wonder no more! Sufjan Stevens and animator Lee Hardcastle have presented us with the perfect remedy – a gruesome, bloody claymation horror story accompanied by his latest track Mr Frosty Man. It’s only two minutes long so I won’t tell you the full, sordid plot, but if you’re a Christmas purist I urge you to look away now.

  10. Ablist

    No matter how entrenched your Monday morning ennui may be, I’ve got five syllables sure to get your week off to an absolute flyer – crochet octopus. See? Awesome Australian animation studio Oh Yeah Wow have produced this magnificent video for Wax Tailor’s new single Time to Go (featuring Aloe Blacc). Directors Darcy Prendergast and Seamus Spilsbury have created a weird and wonderful narrative based around this knitted blue cephalopod and his adventures in the city, before a poignant denouement which leaves our protagonist down and out. Cool song, very cool video.

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    Maybe it’s because yesterday my eyeballs were soiled by Die Antwoord’s new video (don’t watch it) and today I accidentally watched the video of the Eton chaps doing a Gangnam video (don’t watch it) but something about this video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse made me want to cry with happiness. There is no denying that it is absolutely brilliant.

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    “Nooo they’re drowning! Who on earth am I going to listen to through my headphones whilst I walk moodily in the rain thinking about my ex boyfriend’s duvet?!” etc. etc. Luckily the director of this brilliant new xx video has saved Romy and pals from a watery grave…this time…

  13. Jackwhite

    It’s tricky to argue with anything that Jack White does these days through the sheer relentlessness of his stunning output; so when he says he wants two versions of himself in the same video, I doubt director Dori Oskowitz put up much of a fight. His latest video for the barnstorming Shakin’ is a triumph of bendy dancers and double vision and I urge you tune in to three and a half polished minutes that ooze brand White.

  14. Sleeperhold-list

    We’ve got a huge amount of respect for anyone riding the perilous wave of independent publishing at the moment. It’s seems you can’t go a week without a new title or platform rising up and then disappearing almost immediately. To woefully mix metaphors, it’s a jungle out there!

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    Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking Rob, come on, we are so over lip-synch music videos. They’ve been done to death – why do I need to watch another one? Well because Sam Bailey and Amer Chadha-Patel have done something really great for Francobollo’s single Basketball. The duo are clearly well aware of the ubiquitous vernacular in which they are operating and are therefore confident enough to play with the rules, leading to some delightfully unexpected moments. Sam says that the video is about " the post-break-up-sex-rampage that we’ve all been a witness of, an accessory to or actually perpetrated," and be sure to watch right to the end if you’re a fan of pale flesh…

  16. Batforlashes

    It’s true that Natasha Khan, AKA Bat For Lashes doesn’t have to do too much to get your attention in a video – her beguiling looks and entrancing voice do that for her. So, the formula for the promo of her new single All Your Gold could be conceived as a cowardly one – let her dance in a catsuit on the beach and watch the hits roll in. However, the grace with which director Noel Paul conducts proceedings is something to admire; whether it’s the incredible photography, amazing choreography (thanks Jorge Crecis & Katie Lusby) or the well conceived lighting, the viewer won’t leave disappointed. To the beach!

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    If you’re not a fan of the opera then let’s see if we can’t change your mind. Fons Hickmann m23 have just produced a visually rich catalogue for the Saxon State Opera’s legendary Semperoper venue. The beautifully simple design is punctuated throughout with illustrations of Dresden through the ages – from its heyday as a Baroque playground through to its post-war modernist cityscapes. It even features a powerful portrait of severe operatic poster-boy Richard Wagner, though he’s sitting right opposite a huge block of fluorescent pink, which we think softens his face a little. We’d happily sit through all fifteen hours of The Ring Cycle if it meant we could own one of these little beauties.

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    Kind of Chris Cunningham, kind of Twin Peaks, Emily Kai Bock (who was responsible for the fame-inducing video for Grimes that you can see here) has produced another stonker for the most talked-about band of this week, Grizzly Bear. Making a video for a group with such a devout, almost cult-like following can’t be easy, particularly when their hotly-anticipated new album has received some of the best reviews ever written, but she’s totally pulled it off. I won’t go on about the content, the most-liked YouTube comment on the video does that job for me.

  19. Sufjan

    There are many reasons to crave the wonder of New York City, and thanks to acclaimed singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens there’s now one more. Not content with being hailed as one of his generation’s finest, Sufjan has more recently taken it upon himself to pen some music for Opera Year of the Rabbit, being shown at the New York City Ballet from October. In celebration, Yoonha Park has made this beautiful little promo that both makes me want to feel sand between my toes, and ballet in my eyes. Get there if you can.

  20. David_byrne

    Could David Byrne get any cooler? Not content with having one of the most memorable vocals ever, he’s now teamed up with the excellent St.Vincent on a new collaborative album that’s been doing the rounds. The video from the first release Who has been directed by the supremely talented Martin de Thurah and is a beautifully shot monochromatic treat. You know you want to be able to dance like David.

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    Some of the greatest stories human beings have ever told have been about redemption, and it might be time to add another name to that canon. Australian band The Beards have just released their new single Got Me A Beard which tells the story of a proud beard-wearer who is jilted by his girlfriend and then society at large. But our intrepid hero finds solace in a place where the beard is revered, and then him and his new friends return to the real world to wreak a shocking, hilarious revenge. Animators Chris Edser, Bill Northcott and Jarrod Prince have created a weird and wonderful world which works perfectly with the song, and it’s a must watch for both hairy hipsters and pogonophobes alike.

  22. Stuff_rotates

    M&E is a Swedish studio that I’m going to claim is made up of two brilliant creative minds – Matthew Bolger’s and Emelie Lidström’s. They have a plethora of fantastic work, and most recently they finished this banger of a promo for Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band’s latest single. This is where my claim falls down. Essentially the name of Snake and Jet’s album is called Stuff that Rotates, so the duo’s idea to film the band with a 1960s-eqsue camera rotation effect isn’t too mind-boogling. However, the level of execution and dedication to build a rig powered by an electric drill, constructed from bicycle and drum parts, wood and metal plates, which was strong enough to hold the weight of a hefty camera does need some appreciation. Groovy.

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    Sometimes our favourite music videos are those high-budget, explosion-riddled dramas (think Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around or that one where The Beastie Boys are cops) but then, sometimes a video comes along that’s just the most perfect, simple idea executed with sheer finesse. This is one of those. Get ready to be plunged into a mixed bag of quintessentially British living rooms to witness the pets of the general public. What this video does, apart from fit perfectly to the song (Hypnose, from Metronomy’s new album) is highlight just how weird pets are, and how odd we are for having them in our homes. Don’t turn off before the end, there is a great shot of a tortoise you’d be mad to miss.

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    Yes that’s right, another Adam Buxton video. What’s that? Oh yes, we do post about him a lot. Why, you say? What do you mean why? This is one of the funniest men on the planet, casually plopping hilarious videos out like there’s no tomorrow to the unadulterated joy of all of his fans.

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    It wouldn’t be right of me not to warn you that for the first 60 seconds or so of this video, you’re going to potentially need to hold chunks down because, truthfully, this music video opens like the slushiest indie phone advert you’ve ever been faced with. Patience however, is a virtue, and soon the young hero of the story – the man responsible for the cheese-factor – is being beaten to a pulp and hunted down by the feds, making the chunks in your throat suddenly disappear. You are then faced with a smack-in-the-face reminder that Bob Dylan never ceases to be the coolest man on earth as he saunters down the street with one of the weirdest and best entourages you’ll probably ever see in a music video. Nash Edgerton, we hope you direct all of Dylan’s videos from now on, because you certainly seem to know what you’re doing.

  26. Major_lazer

    As this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival enters its final day, what better music video to celebrate with than Major Lazer’s clammy new promo for Get Free. Risque dancing, colourful t-shirts, hazy evenings, and a hefty drenching of sweat all encased in a brilliant four minutes from the constantly excellent So Me. Can every weekend be a three day long street party please?

  27. Radiohead

    It’s always a big deal when Radiohead decide to put something new onto the internet, so on hearing (via Vice’s excellent noisey) there was a chance to hear their exclusive rendition of The Daily Mail as performed at Tennessee festival Bonaroo earlier in the year, we jumped at it. Seen from the POV of director Matt Ornstein, we’re stop-framed through the festival site to the main event; Thom at the piano, and when was that ever going to disappoint?

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    TYesterday saw the release of Cut the World, the latest single from Antony and the Johnsons, which is accompanied by an absorbing, thought-provoking video. Directed by NABIL, it features mesmerising music, sleek, claustrophobic office environments, shadowed spaces, and – seriously, take heed – a fairly gruesome scene.

  29. Pond

    In an age where the term ‘lo-fi’ all too often gives a reputable excuse to produce a below-par piece of work, (especially when it comes to bands making their own music videos) you are about to be graced by an absolute blinder. So, before tuning into Aussie band Pond’s single Moth Wings I wasn’t paying much attention, expecting the usual rump through fuzzy iPhone hipsters at cooler-than-me parties. How wrong could I have been?

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    Ryan McGinley, chief documenter of youth and the man who single-handedly inspired almost every single Tumblr/Flickr user worldwide, has just released his take on Sigur Rós’s track Varúð. Following a girl in a golden wig skipping through the hot concrete of New York, we are taken on a trippy adventure where time occasionally stands still and the sunset is so intense it’s almost apocalyptic.

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    Today marks the 21st anniversary of Blur’s first ever album release, Leisure and has also sprung a subsequent collectors box set release cannily titled Blur 21 . So, for my usual Monday Morning Music Video slot it feels like sacrilege to dedicate the pixels to anyone else. I’ve wasted months, if not years of my life watching music videos and from the thousands that have entered my eyes, Blur’s always seem to leave a lasting impression. Triumphs include making a discarded milk carton huggable ( Coffee & TV ) to bathing with page 3 girls ( Country House ) and we’ve even run our own feature on their success back in February. But now, there’s a complete YouTube collection of their back catalogue, and a stonking exhibition of photographs at Londonnewcastle on Redchurch Street to boot. Use this week as an excuse to gorge yourself on as many as your boss will let you.

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    Here we have a very powerful musical comeback by Micachu and the Shapes, referred to by Charlie Porter as his “sudden new obsession” and “a right, clattering racket” on his blog. The band have have produced a total of ten music videos – in collaboration with director Chloe Hayward – all in one go to promote their new album Never.As well as having a consistent palette not unlike the one used in Rugrats, each video confirms the fact that Micachu is one of the most original music-makers around today and reminds us that it doesn’t take a huge budget and a tonne of people to make a pretty wonderful music video (or ten). You can find them all here or see our favourites below.

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    What is happiness, good people? Adam Buxton, dressed like an angry stick of rock with a beard and swimming cap, being directed by Garth Jennings to point at and avoid exploding sand moles in perfect synchronicity to music that sounds “like a cross between Rammstein and The Muppets.”

  34. Si-begg

    Motion designers ATYP have just produced a literally mind-blowing (you’ll see when you watch it) promo for electronic musician Si Begg’s latest single, Permission to Explode. It’s a powerful combination of hands-on traditional animation techniques and computer-generated imagery that has a familiar digital feel. However, the hand-rendered aspect to the project elevates it beyond a simple digital aesthetic, taking the transient waveforms of Begg’s glitchy compositions and rendering them physical with vibrant style. We caught up with ATYP to find out a little bit more about how the project came about.

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    I don’t use the word “breathtaking” enough but just you try and stop me because Ramin Bahrani’s video for the Sigur Rós’ Ég anda has left me gasping – and that’s very apt seeing as it features some recurring scenes of a fish out of water (but rest assured no fish were harmed). The bewitching film juxtaposes some intriguing animal shots with cityscapes and almost-abstract images of a carwash and a furnace and basically every shot is a standalone beauty to the huge credit of cinematographer Hunter Baker. Anyway, you’ll see what I mean – put your headphones in and submit to the brilliance (just remember to breathe).

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    There’s a very immediate pleasure to watching Federico Vitetta’s new video for The 2 Bears’ Warm and Easy. You’ll find it difficult to avoid grinning from the offset. It’s basically just a big gang of skateboarders mucking about and miming along to the song (the lip-synching is at times abysmal) in various locations across Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. But whatever, who cares, if it doesn’t brighten up your day then I’ll eat my baggy jeans and Supreme hat.

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    There arent’ enough expletives in the world for me to describe how *************ing excellent the video for New Lands by Justice is. It’s incredible. And here’s why: The song is great, it’s directed by CANADA (who have yet to make a video that we don’t love), the special effects are more or less exactly the same as those featured in Quantum Leap and the story centres around a hybrid sport that’s an amalgamation of baseball, football, lacrosse, rollerskating, motocross, Rollerball and the grid from Tron. My words and these stills won’t even come close to doing it justice, so up the volume and watch this thing at once. BOOM!

  38. Beg

    Many of London indie outfit Bombay Bicycle club’s previous videos have been beautifully, candidly shot by Mr. Dave Tree, so to see a change of direction for their latest Beg was always going to be interesting. The rough-round-the-edges feel remains, but the man behind the lens this time (Darcy Pendergast) has decided not to feature the band at all, but instead two dancers. The outcome is a beautiful combination of vivacity and friendship, which acts as a perfect visual accompaniment to the tune. Thanks Darcy!

  39. Drumlines

    Battle of the Drumlines is a great story, a niche piece of human interest that would otherwise stay close to its source and only inspire those fortunate enough to witness its players in action. Peter Crosby’s documentary, produced by Show Love, follows the entrants to the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band’s annual Battle of the Drumline event, bringing to light the engaging, rhythm heavy scene that is largely played out in the US South.

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    Stop what you’re doing and pop some headphones over your ears, we’ve got some big news. Turns out there’s a proven scientific formula for the perfect music video and it goes thus – one killer tune, one unbelievably cute lip-synching kid and seven different outfits. Mix these three things together and the rest takes care of itself. Don’t believe us? Have a look at Greg Brunkalla’s latest offering for Detroit rhyme-smith Danny Brown. Boom! You can’t argue with science.